In a joint statement with Nissan, General Motors has revealed plans to sell a rebadged Nissan NV200 compact van under the Chevrolet name in Canada and the U.S. The GM version will be called the Chevrolet City Express.
Ford has been highly successful in the North-American market with a variant of its European Transit Connect van. Rather than modifying its own European van to sell here, GM has opted for the rebadged Nissan route.
Nissan currently sells the NV200 in multiple global markets, including the United States and Canada, and a specialized version of that vehicle has been approved for use in New York City taxi service.
The NV200 is a previous winner of the International Van of the Year Award and its cost of ownership is said to be among the lowest in its class.
It is built in several locations, including China, India, Japan, Mexico and Spain. The Chevrolet-badged vehicles will be built at Nissan's assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
"Our fleet customers have asked us for an entry in the commercial small van segment, so this addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position with fleets and our commercial customers," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice-president of fleet and commercial sales for GM.
The Chevrolet City Express is expected to go on sale in the fall of 2014 as a 2015 model.